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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types

There are lots of different types of sentences but today I'm going to focus on the most basic sentence structures, as these are the building blocks of prose. To understand the mechanics of sentences, you first need to understand what a clause is. In the simplest of terms, a clause is part of a sentence.… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Five – Sentence Types

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing

There's nothing worse than reading a piece of work that is one giant block of text. It's difficult for your brain to cope with and reading becomes a huge chore. Equally, it's distracting when you read a piece where the paragraphs seem taken at random with no logic! Here are a few hints and tips… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Four – Paragraphing

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Three – Apostophes

Apostrophes are another element of punctuation that many of my younger (and older) students struggle with. However, once you sit down and apply a few simple rules, apostrophes become much less difficult. It's not glamorous but it is necessary! There are two reasons an apostrophe is used: possession and contraction. This post looks at both… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Three – Apostophes

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#Prowrite: The Basics Part Two – Commas

The advice I give my younger students about commas is this: if in doubt, leave it out. Comma rules are a bit complicated and many people use them incorrectly. However, if you want to know more, read on! Commas Commas are used to separate items in lists. EG: Apples, oranges, bananas and pears. Commas are… Continue reading #Prowrite: The Basics Part Two – Commas